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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / craft show display problem. Ideas? on: February 15, 2009 11:00:29 PM
I signed up after the deadline for an expo next month and kind of got a yucky booth space. I'm confident I'll do well in this venue, even in this spot, but I'm really, really challenged at how to display!

I'll be selling LARGE items (horse blankets, horse halters, - not my main biz but this is an equine event) and usually rely on being able to affix gridwall to ez-up tent poles when I exhibit in order to get the support needed to support a panel with 50lbs worth of nylon hanging off it! But the booth space they have assigned me is 8'x20' (2 8x10's) and I'm absolutely perplexed at how to work in this space!

My EZ-up tents are 10'x10' so they are out. Any ideas on how to create strong free standing vertical supports or change up the display entirely?
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Costume inspired by the Narnia movie. on: March 26, 2006 04:36:35 PM

with no pattern, no directions, and NO experience ever sewing an article of clothing before(!!!!!!!), I set out to make the dress that the Character lucy wore in the final Narnian scene of the Chronicles of Narnia. I'd been in love with that dress since I saw it and wanted to make it for a costume class at a horse show I was entered in. It took me forever, tons of practice fabric, and lots of time learning how to make a pattern (and attach sleeves! yikes!) but I'm finally (mostly) finished!

here is is! (the flash made it look way shinier than it really is! it really just shimmers very slightly)

This was the only picture I had to the original costume:

The super disappointing thing is that I made all this very elaborate narnian type costume for me AND my horse, and got myself injured just before she show and didn't get to ride in the show!!  Cry Talk about a disappointment! So I don't have pictures of it all on my horse yet, but here're all the accessories:

breastcollar, part of the saddle pad and drape for the front of my saddle, and reins (w/ the flowers).


barding (strappy stuff on horse's rump) Turned out REALLY good considering I just used 2" wide nylon webbbing and a metallic jacquard ribbon. Turned out looking more like armor/metal than I expected but I love the effect.

cool antique bridle I picked up on ebay, thinking it was kind of narnian looking:


All the accessories kind of lined up together. The only thing I really want to work on is making the saddle pad a little fancier- maybe a scalloped, embellished edge.


And the PERFECT accesory, the lucky goose that got out of having to play dress up last weekend:


And there you have it! What do you think? Any suggestions? I had to do the horse tack totally from memory since there were no stills, but I think I got generally close.

3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Sewing Pattern Help! on: November 26, 2005 04:24:40 PM

I'm so much better at sewing "freehand" than using patterns- when i get that flimsy tissuey written in sew-er-speak pattern in my hands I'm horribly inept. Even when I do try to follow a pattern to the letter things never turn out quite "right".  Sad I have a few patterns I've been meaning to work on for months, any tips on battling the patterns?

Seriously, any hits on cutting, transferring patterns, etc?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Swanky Saddle Pad on: June 18, 2005 08:34:00 AM

I made this a few weeks ago. Probably not too many folks here interested in this area of crafts-per-tise but hey, I'm proud of it!


It's not made to fit this style of saddle but, well, ya get the idea:

And here it is on my big, sweaty boy.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Food Craft on: April 03, 2005 11:54:01 AM

I love all the crafty cakes and other food-craft projects- but sometimes they get bunched in with recipes and other times they just float around the misc. boards- it would be great to have them in one place so when you're browsing for inspiration they'd be easy to find.

Anyone else interested? What'd'ya say, Leah?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / essential oils on: March 26, 2005 06:21:09 PM

Is there a good online shop where can I buy essential oils?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Anne's Thermal Shirt on: March 24, 2005 08:02:30 AM
I made Annie a thermal shirt! She likes to layer it under her hooded sweatshirt.  Grin

Anyway, I just used an old navy thermal shirt that I don't wear anymore, shortened the sleeves, and sewed a seam so the front panel of the shirt was about half as wide, took up the shoulders (ended up being sort of a "Y" shaped seam on the underside) and that was about it.

She really likes it! I put it on her to try it on night and she started doing zoomies!! I couldn't get it off her so I just let her wear it to agility class. (I made her take it off after we got there though  )

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first stencils... ipod, pie, martini, etc... on: February 13, 2005 10:27:17 AM

I made my very first stencils this weekend! I tested them first on canvas scraps, here they are:

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Yikes! I made curtains! on: February 13, 2005 10:17:21 AM

I'm turning my study into a guest bedroom and needed short curtains to I could put a bed right next to them without making them fall weird. I'd never made curtains before but I just whipped these up with a vintage double sheet.

As I was trying to figure out what to do with the scraps- I realized that, with some tweaking, they would make a slipcover for the bed's headboard:

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / handling returns on: January 30, 2005 04:02:31 PM

How do the rest of you handle returns? I get so annoyed when I have a return, because everything is custom made. 90% of the time it's just because people are too lazy to measure to see what size they really need. Because things are custom sized, it's almost impossible to resell them again.

How do you guys handle returns? I put into my FAQ that there is a $7.00 restocking fee for returns due to measuring incorrectly, changing mind, etc- but now I feel bad about enforcing it and making people not want to reorder. Maybe I should just not accept returns, period?
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